Late summer and early fall bring trees full of ripe, sweet figs. These luscious garden fruits tend to ripen all at once presenting a delicious problem. If you find yourself with loads of fresh figs, try these sweet and savory fig recipes! Guaranteed to be delicious, here are the best savory fig recipes along with some sweet new recipes to use all your fresh figs.
The natural sweetness of figs makes them a great partner for breakfast and brunch. From parfaits and smoothies to bacon, pancakes and waffles, these delicious fig recipes are a perfect way to start your day.
Salads + Veg
Figs are fabulous is salads and vegetable side dishes! Their delicious sweetness plays well with savory dressings and earthy extra virgin olive oil. Ingredients like salty prosciutto, cheese, nuts and hearty greens like arugula, kale and Brussels sprouts are all great partners for fresh figs.
Fresh figs make a great appetizer. Their mild, sweet flavor effortlessly compliments savory ingredients like tangy goat cheese, crystalline parmesan cheese, salty Serrano ham and other cured meats.
Savory fig toast, baked onto melty brie, or on a charcuterie board or cheese plate? No matter which recipe you choose, figs are the perfect way to start cocktail hour or an elegant dinner party! (More baked brie ideas here.)
Sandwiches, Flatbread + Pizza
Figs are a natural on pizza and flatbreads and work great in sandwiches too! Pair them you with your favorite cheese and some spicy arugula. Maybe add some prosciutto, serrano, nuts or other fruit and top with a drizzle of honey, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice to finish. Flatbreads can be served hot or at room temperature and can be a starter or a main course.
Fig Newtons + Bars
Fig newton bars are a great way to bake up your figs and freeze them for use throughout the winter. Here are 3 great variations from classic to gluten-free to an easy, free form bar. Enjoy!
Roasted + Candied
These figs get extra sweet flavor! Wine roasted figs are a fantastic accompaniment to savoury dishes like roast meats, cheese or charcuterie boards. Candied figs are sweet treats on their own or as part of a dessert bar and the chocolate pistachio dipped figs are a fabulous finish to a Middle Eastern themed dinner.
The sweet and savory flavors in these breads make them great for any time of day. These breads freeze well too, so make up some big batches to enjoy through the winter. Check out the rosemary fig bread for a delicious gluten-free recipe.
Figs were meant for cakes! They are gorgeous and luscious and keep your cake moist with a touch of sweetness. From a simple, single layer cake, a beautiful layered fig dessert, a no-bake version and a vegan option, there's a fresh fig cake for every occasion!
Tart, Tartlet, Tart Tatin
Dig out your tart pan or go free-form and bake up one of these beautiful, fig tarts. Choose from classic pastry or crispy phyllo dough, filled with nuts or topped with a crumble topping. There's a vegan recipe and a grain-free recipe too, for those that need it.
Popsicles, Puddings + Desserts
These just might be my favorite of the fig treats. Puddings in jars and refreshing, creamy popsicles, these fresh fig recipes are creative and so flavorful.
What would this list be if we didn't include cocktails?! These cocktails have savory components that add complexity without too much sweetness. And they are gorgeous and unique ways to up your cocktail game!
Jams + Glazes
Sweet fig jam is great on everything from toast to salty serrano ham sandwiches to cheese like aged cheddar, melty brie and sharp blue cheese. The perfect additions to a cheese board or charcuterie platter, make some fig jam to keep in your pantry for easy entertaining options.
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